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Apartment groups criticize plans to house hurricane victims

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The National Apartment Association and the National Multi Housing Council are calling on federal officials "to rethink their post-disaster housing strategies" and to house Hurricane Katrina's victims in vacant apartment units rather than in manufactured housing units or other more costly housing. "The Federal Emergency Management Association's plan to spend billions to create isolated mobile home 'cities' makes it clear that they do not fully understand the housing resources already available to them," stated Jim Arbury, senior vice president of Government Affairs for the NMHC/NAA Joint Legislative Program. "The apartment industry is prepared to house these people right now," he added. "Apartments are immediately available at affordable rates and without the need for any massive infusion of additional investment by the government. According to the Census Bureau, there are 1.1 million vacant rental units in the South, and three-quarters of them are located either in the unaffected p...